Haas hopes it has opened door for more new Formula 1 teams

Haas team principal Gunther Steiner believes his squad's success in the first two Formula 1 grands prix of the season will encourage more new teams to join the series

Haas hopes it has opened door for more new Formula 1 teams

The American outfit sits fifth in the constructors' championship after Romain Grosjean scored points on Haas's debut in Australia with sixth and followed it up with fifth in Bahrain.

When asked by Autosport if he felt Haas's form would entice new teams to join F1 in the future, he said "Absolutely.

"We hope this project is successful so we get more teams joining F1 which is what we need."

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Haas has all components teams do not have to design themselves supplied by Ferrari plus access to the Scuderia's windtunnel and latest specification of engine.

It is the first team to use this 'non-listed parts' model and Steiner believes the results so far have vindicated that approach.

"We always said we didn't want to do more of the same because it's just so difficult to do," he said.

"It's so difficult, we wouldn't do that and Gene Haas wouldn't do it.

"If you give yourself no chance to succeed, why would you do it? We're very happy with the approach we took."

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Williams technical director Pat Symonds has said he is unsure whether the rules that allowed Haas to join the grid in partnership with Ferrari are healthy for F1 because they diminish the importance of teams being constructors.

When asked if Haas will prompt discussions about the future shape of F1 if it keeps doing well, Steiner said: "I don't know that because I will not bring it up.

"I don't know what others are thinking. Everyone has to look at themselves and ask why they are where they are before critiquing other people.

"The regulations are the same for everybody. We didn't do anything different to what anyone else can do.

"I feel at peace with ourselves. A lot of people didn't expect that and now they are 'wow, that really happened'. Sometimes you have to get over things."

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